There’s nothing like Christmas music a week too early to set off itchy flashbacks of Great Aunt Florence’s epic Santa sweaters.
Whistle a different tune thanks to Wool and the Gang. The hip masterminds behind a line of chic DIY knitting kits have just launched a pint-size collection for kids.
The sets come with everything you need (yarn, wooden needles, and a pattern) and yield crazy-cute scarves, hats, and sweaters for littles. And if the girls in the gang are to be believed, a beginner can finish the projects in a matter of hours.
Try the Jolly Pocket scarf (and stop worrying about them losing their mittens) or the vaguely bank robber-ish Off Piste hood. Feeling ambitious? Go all out with the Sailor sweater, an inspired layering piece for all seasons.
Grandma (and her sisters) would be proud.
Available at Wool and the Gang, 98 Thompson Street, between Prince and Spring Streets (212-966-9266 or woolandthegang.com), $64-$94.
|Winter means family dinners, snowball fights, and hot chocolate by the fireplace. Keep the little ones warm in the best pajamas, coats, hats, dresses, sweaters, and boots of the season.|
Super Soccer Stars Thanksgiving Weekend Minicamp
What: Tykes spend a few hours kicking, dribbling, shooting, and scoring. Crafts and snacks also included.
Why: You’re in a turkey coma.
When: Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: Find locations and register on supersoccerstars.com. Cost is $180-$210.
Balloons Over Broadway
What: The magical story of Tony Sarg, puppeteer and creator of the enormous balloons that define the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Why: Enhance their parade-viewing experience without braving the cold or the crowds.
When: Bedtime, naptime, and story time, all season long.
Where: Online at hmhbooks.com. Cost is $17.
Heimbold Family Children’s Learning Center
What: The new play space at Scandinavia House has a train table, climbing corner, mushroom house, and more.
Why: Ikea meets Hans Christian Anderson.
When: Open play on Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., at 38th St. (212-779-3587). Members, free; nonmembers, $8 per child.
Photo: Courtesy of Wool and the Gang